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Facts&Figures



Wood packaging

FACTS & FIGURES Characteristics, markets and figures wood packaging: pallets, industrial packaging and crates.
Plinio Iascone

Wood packaging is mainly made from boards cut from spruce, pine, poplar, birch, beech and to a lesser extent from other timbers such as larch, alder and chestnut. Alternatively plywood, MDF and OSB panels can also be used: the former are widely used for the construction of rigid and folding boxes and intended for transport of goods via sea or air.



Paper: China also grows in quality


The new edition of the report “Paper Contract with China”, published by APP China (one of Asia’s largest integrated paper manufacturers, with 38,900 employees and a 2010 production capacity of 8 million t/year of cellulose and paper pulp), arrives at a special time for Chinese exportation in the sector, signaled by the first duties imposed by the European Union to compensate for Chinese subsidies for glossy paper sold in the EU.



Flexible packaging

FIGURES AND TRENDS All things considered, flexible packaging is one of the few packaging segment market areas that can show a progressive and interesting growth trend in lifecycle terms. Plinio Iascone

From 2000 to 2007 the flexible packaging area of the market put in an average annual growthrate of 5.3%, compared with an increase of 1.5% of the packaging sector as a whole. The driving forces of this uptrend were the sizable growth of exports and the gradual introduction of flexible packaging into new areas of the Italian market.



Machines +14.7%

In 2010 the turnover of the Italian graphic machinery, paper processing and converting industry grew by 14.7%. A significant growth rate after the downturn of the previous year caused by the deep international economic and financial crisis.

On the occasion of the general assembly last June 16th, Acimga made public the 2010 balance, outlining a picture of growth featuring investments, now recovering, stability of employment, and growth of the sector trade balance surplus.
Exports in fact increased by 19.7% on 2009, bringing the share of exports seen against total turnover to 79.1%. A trend - Acimga analysts communicate - which is also confirmed in the first quarter of this year, where sales of Italian machinery around the world rose by 9%.



When the packaging is made of paper

FACTS & FIGURES Worldwide, cellulose based packaging is the most common form of packaging, with a market share of about 39%. Summing up, the figures of the Italian packaging industry (to which this report is dedicated) are as follows: 2,450 enterprises, 6.6 billion in turnover, an output of 5,010 t/000. Plinio Iascone

After two years of crisis, overall Italian production of cellulose feedstocks for the production of packaging in 2010 stood at around 4,265 t/000 and consumption reached 5,571 t/000, respectively showing an increase of 9% and 11%; apparent consumption shows the following breakdown:
Paper and paperboard for forming corrugated board (3,655 t/000, +9.6%), boxboard (671.7 t/000, +7.6%), other paper for packaging production (1,244 t/000, +19%).



2011: the goal is growth

Good the results and the outlook for papermills and machines, "ups and downs" for paper converting and graphics, while there are continuing tensions in raw material prices. The survey of the graphics-paper industry Federation* delineates the performance of the sector in the first six months of this year.

«After the favorable trend that has characterized the whole of 2010, the first quarter of 2011 registered a slowdown of growth in manufacturing. This process of attenuation of the market recovery is partly physiological, as recovery in production levels makes it more difficult to exploit other growth opportunities. In the three month period in question there were differences between single sectors, in part related to different growth strategies; in general, however, the trend in turnover is more polarized between growth and shrinkage (ie, with less ratings declaring stability) than forecast.



Mineral Oils and food pack: the current situation

This column usually attempts to clarify issues specifically relating to food contact. In this case, unfortunately, we can only highlight a fairly confused situation, mainly due to the not very clear definition of mineral oils (MOs). The MOs can come from socalled “traditional” offset inks and from inks for printing newspapers and graphic material, hence in particular involving the recovered fibre paper and board packaging sector.



Labels: sector strategies

FINAT closes its annual conference with a new president, a host of good resolutions and a basic tool, to be further empowered: internal communication, to overcome closures and particularisms that threaten to weaken an expanding sector.



Market analysis rigid plastic packaging

FIGURES AND TRENDS Production and turnover of the rigid plastic packaging sector in relation to the changing needs of the markets. How bottles, pails, trays, bins, blister packs, honeycombs, crates, pallets, flexible tubes and closures are faring... Plinio Iascone

After a long period of progressive growth, in 2008/2009 the plastic packaging manufacturing industry seen overall marked a drop of 10% in quantity of production and 5% in terms of turnover. It should be noted that besides the effect of the global crisis and the decrease of consumption, the decline in the quantity produced was also due to a general lightening (downgauging) of packs, particularly pronounced in the two-year period in question.



Glass packaging


MARKET AND SOLUTIONS Tradition and innovation go hand in hand, influencing the performance of the glass packaging industry, evermore customised and customisable.
Plinio Iascone

During the eighties the glass packaging sector (especially bottles) embarked on a progressive downturn. But thanks to strong competitive communication and product innovation, the glassworks were able to reverse this trend, setting out on the road to "revitalization".
Different shapes and colors have proliferated, bottles and flacons are now customized according to the type of product, region of origin, brand, whether it be containers for drinks, perfumes, or vegetable preserves.



Metal packaging

MARKET SUMMARY According to the latest available official data (2009 survey, Pira), the global packaging market is worth 440 billion dollars worldwide: approximately 16% of the total can be attributed to metal packaging (tinplate + aluminium). Production and consumption trends in Italy. Plinio Iascone

The global steel and aluminium packaging market, according to the findings of Pira, is worth 70 billion euros and presents an average annual growth trend of 1.3-1.5%: 28% is produced in North America (Canada and USA), 25% in the EU, 27% in Asia (where Japan and China predominate), while the remaining 20% is divided between the other geographic areas. The highest growth rates are recorded in Asia, South America and Russia.
In 2009, total European production was approximately 3,680,000 t, of which 88% steel (tinplate) and 12% aluminium.



Paper-print in Italy: slow but sure

Indicators on the up, even if at different rates going from sector to sector, during the last quarter of 2010 and the first of 2011: company responses to the survey monitoring the market situation, sponsored by the Italian paper and printing-converting chain federation. **

«Even if with some differences in the single segments, recovery of production levels within the industry all told have been confirmed. In the fourth quarter of 2010, in fact, turnover dynamics were better than expectations expressed in the previous survey». This is what was stated by Alessandro Nova (Bocconi University) based on information provided by companies that took part in latest economic survey carried out by the paper-print industry Federation**, covering the fourth quarter 2010 and first quarter 2011. Encouraging results, hence, that offer a timely snap-shot of company readings on some key indicators (domestic and foreign turnover, domestic and foreign orders, employment) concerning the print and paper&board converting machine sectors, comprising paper&board, converting and print production.



The packaging sector

After the 14.3% decline in global production (in terms of figures expressed in weight) recorded in the "critical" period 2008-2009, in 2010 the packaging sector caught up with the slow recovery of the economy, both nationally and internationally, thanks to the close association between use of packaging and the growth trends of the manufacturing industry.



Report on the state of packaging

Four-monthly packaging chain observatory. Situation at the end of January 2011.
By Roccandrea Iascone

Here is a cross-section of the state of manufacturing industry sectors where packaging consumption is the most intense, divided into two main areas "food and beverage" and "non food". Following this, the relative growth of the packaging sector. The growth pictures of the manufacturing sectors are derived from sectorial analyses drawn up by Prometeia.



All the Beauty of the world

Trend setting scents that embody all the skills of the Italian tradition; an industry that is growing and where promo events are on the increase; new tools for competing in an international context that doesn’t allow a moment’s distraction... Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna and the Accademia del Profumo Award allow a closer look as to how a segment evermore aware of its own potential is moving.

The Italian beauty industry is again on the up, having achieved more than encouraging figures. First of all in economic terms, where last year it totalled a turnover of 8,485 million euro (4.7%) driven by exports at +15% (around 2,350 million euro) which generated a trade surplus of more than 690 million euro.
But it is not only a question of turnover. The industry is also  moving proactively regarding excellence of product, communication and promotion ... But let’s start out in an orderly fashion.
As regards quality, we aboveall reiterate that Unipro has enhanced and expanded its website www.abc-cosmetici.it with a new science section dedicated to the world of research and innovation on cosmetics, edited by Profess.ssa Carla Scesa (professor of Cosmetology at the University of Siena). The section contains an overview of studies and scientific publications dedicated to advances in cosmetic research and new the scientific and technical ideas behind the same.

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